Denis age 92, passed away quietly on March 2, 2021. Recently predeceased by his loving wife, Helen; son, Terence; parents, William and Winnifred; and sisters, Kathleen Bell and Wilma Stevenson. Denis leaves behind his daughters, Sapphire (Gabriel) Lightheart, Sharon (Bill) Batchelor, and Heather (Tim) Mahoney-Slaughter; grandchildren, Shannon (Bob) Gaudet, Kelly Batchelor (Javi), Nikki and Jon Slaughter; great-grandson, Charlie Gaudet; his sister, Clodagh Wilson; brother-in-law, Kelly Reid; daughter-in-law, Barbara Bishop; and many nieces and nephews.
Denis met the love of his life, Helen Reid, in 1949. They married in June 1951 and moved to the Bonnie Doon district in Edmonton where they raised four children. As a young man, Denis was an accomplished marksman who loved outdoor sports like golfing, skating and skiing. He also enjoyed amateur radio activities and refurbishing an Austin Healy sportscar. Denis began his long career with the Northern Alberta Railways as a telegraph bike messenger working his way up to Assistant Superintendent of Operations where he specialized in telecommunications trouble shooting.
After retiring Denis and Helen travelled to Eastern Canada, Vancouver Island, the Yukon, Alaska, the UK and the Cayman Islands before re-establishing themselves in the Oliver neighborhood. Denis will be missed by his family and many friends at Rosedale Estates. Thanks go out to the staff at the Misericordia hospital and St. Joseph’s hospice for their care and kindness in his final weeks.
Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration for both Denis and Helen will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charity of your choice.